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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:16 PM
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Role for Barack Obama's volunteer network still in flux
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-obam...

Talks upcoming on how to mobilize movement; volunteer base 'hungry' for work on issues

By Peter Wallsten | Washington Bureau
December 5, 2008

WASHINGTON James Dillon, a onetime Republican activist who grew disgusted with politics, was so inspired by Barack Obama's candidacy that he joined the campaign's massive volunteer army, hosting house parties and recruiting supporters.

But beyond influencing the November election, Dillon thought he was joining a new political movement that would be mobilized for big goalsto end poverty or help distressed homeowners, or maybe end U.S. reliance on oil.

So Dillon, a Florida real estate developer, was discouraged by the suggestion that arrived by e-mail last week from Obama's campaign manager: "Excited about the much anticipated First Dog?" it read, referring to the Obama daughters' quest for a new puppy. "Support your local animal shelter to give animals in your area a chance."
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:50 PM
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1. "Change" is ONLY going to happen through grass roots activism OUTSIDE of electoral politics.
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:02 PM by scarletwoman
Pick what makes your passion rise and work on that. Stop fixating on a leader, and just do what you see in front of you that needs to be done.

sw

(edited for missing word in subject line)
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Born_A_Truman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:52 PM
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2. I got an email today
Exactly one month ago, you made history by giving all Americans a real opportunity for change.

Now it's time to start preparing and working for change in our communities.

On December 13th and 14th, supporters are coming together in every part of the country to reflect on what we've accomplished and plan the future of this movement. Your ideas and feedback will be collected and used to guide this movement in the months and years ahead.

Join your friends and neighbors -- sign up to host or attend a Change is Coming house meeting near you.

Since the election, the challenges we face -- and our responsibility to take action -- have only gotten more urgent.

You can connect with fellow supporters, make progress on the issues you care about, and help shape the future of your community and our country.

Learn what you can do now to support President-elect Obama's agenda for change and continue to make a difference in your community.

Take the first important step by hosting or attending a Change is Coming house meeting. Sign up right now:

http://my.barackobama.com/changeiscoming

To get our country back on track, it will take all of us working together.

Barack and Joe have a clear agenda and an unprecedented opportunity for change. But they can't do it alone.

Will you join us at a house meeting and help plan the next steps for this movement?

Thanks,

David

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America
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gratefultobelib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:55 PM
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3. I got that one, too. Going to a meeting Jan. 3. Not sure what to expect, but what the heck!
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AllentownJake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:01 PM
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4. Hosting an event
Should be getting a DVD this week. Will be interesting what their plan is. I'm sure its going to blow me away like usual.
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